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Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station (BNJARS)

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Objectives of the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station (BNJARS)

  • Manned amateur radio station, where the public can see and hear live demonstrations of a radio station. Public participation will be encouraged. Historical equipment will be used where practical.
       
  • Technical expertise and assistance in the restoration and repair of the shipís radio room, antennas, interior communications systems, and other related equipment and facilities.
       
  • Provide training and education to the public on radio communications, including introductory courses, history of naval communications, Morse Code, and short presentations for children.
       
  • Support school programs through tours, demonstrations and educational programs.
  • Support Scouting organizations by providing merit badge courses & demonstrations during sleep-overs, operating a "Jamboree On The Air" (JOTA) station, and other activities appropriate for Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and similar scouting organizations.
       
  • Assist in the development, maintenance and operation of a radio museum or display showing the history of naval communications along with vintage radio equipment.
       
  • Cooperate with local veteranís organizations, whose members may have served on the USS New Jersey or other Navy ships, by providing an on-the-air forum for veteran amateur radio operators.
       
  • Provide a public service by operating a Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) station to provide voice and data communications to active duty serviceman and their families; and emergency communications in support of local law enforcement and relief organizations, such as the Red Cross, local Office of Emergency Management, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), and Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).
       
  • Promote communications-related careers in the Navy and other armed forces.
       
  • Sponsor a newsletter, e-mail list and web site to promote the USS New Jerseyís radio station and the ship itself.
       
  • Provide worldwide publicity for the USS New Jersey by participating in on-the-air contests and special events. Special acknowledgment cards (known as "QSL Cards") will be sent to those who provide evidence of working the ARS or hearing its broadcasts.
       
  • Provide seminars, facilities and equipment, and support capabilities for those interested in documenting, collecting and repairing vintage naval radios.
       
  • Support USS New Jersey fundraising and publicity activities, and solicit donations. Note that by federal law, amateur radio operators are not permitted to receive reimbursement for operation of an amateur radio station, and that commercial communications are not permitted on the amateur bands.
       
  • Act as a liaison between the USS New Jersey and local amateur radio clubs in the Delaware Valley and regional and national organizations, such as the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and other Museum Ship radio stations.

From a proposal for the creation of an Amateur Radio Station aboard the
USS New Jersey by the Victor Amateur Radio Association (VARA), W2VTM, 20 November 2000.


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